Bush Lodge is situated in the 7,200 hectare Big 5 Amakhala Game Reserve. This beautifully designed lodge offers an intimate safari experience, situated right in the heart of the reserve at the top end of an open valley.
Guests can go on morning and evening game drives in an open Land Rover in search of wildlife including lion, rhino, elephant, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, black wildebeest, zebra, and over 16 antelope species.
In addition, the Amakhala Horse Trails offers a unique perspective of the bush. Elevated on horseback, riders can enjoy incredible views of the surrounding landscape while riding quietly across terrain often inaccessible by vehicle. The unobtrusive nature of a horseback safari also allows for incredible animal sightings, as riders can get as close as 10 to 15 metres from wildlife such as eland, wildebeest, zebra, hartebeest and giraffe.
The main lodge has a splendid lounge area and an expansive viewing deck with magnificent views of game-filled plains. Evenings are spent around the outdoor fireplace admiring the unspoilt African star-scape.
There is also a main swimming pool area with sun loungers.
The lodge has just 8 tented suites, overlooking a watering point. Each suite has a thatched roof, with tented canvas sides, wooden floors, and a fireplace. The spacious en-suite bathrooms offer a large oval bath and outdoor shower, and all the rooms are air-conditioned. Each suite also has its own secluded private viewing deck with an intimate plunge pool, making this a truly wonderful and luxurious bush retreat.
Two of the suites are designed for families.
Bush Lodge also has a spa offering a wide range of beauty treatments by a qualified beauty therapist.
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Amakhala Bush Lodge Location.
Directions For Drivers
From Port Elizabeth/Knysna: Follow the N2, taking the N2 slip road (exit 797) heading towards Grahamstown. About 70 km after Port Elizabeth, there is the first road sign for Amakhala – marked Amakhala Day Safaris/Reed Valley Inn/Bush Lodge.
Follow the directions to Reed Valley Inn (on the right hand side), where a ranger will transport you to Bush Lodge. Vehicles will remain at Reed Valley Inn.
General Information For Guests
Each suite has a secluded private viewing deck with a plunge pool, air conditioning, ceiling fan, a fireplace, large oval bath and double outdoor shower, complimentary mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, and an electronic safe.
The main building has a dining room, guest lounge, expansive viewing deck and an outdoor fireplace. Complimentary Wi-Fi is offered in the main public areas.
The game drives take place every morning and afternoon. You will be guided by informative, professional rangers through Amakhala Game Reserve in open Land Rovers.
The Amakhala Horse Trails caters for small groups of up to 6 intermediate to experienced riders. Experienced younger riders between 10 and 15 years old may also join, if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Horseback safaris typically last between 2 to 3 hours, and the speed of the trail ride is adjusted to the riders' level of experience. This allows plenty of time for wildlife viewing and finding the perfect spot to rest the horses and enjoy refreshments and snacks.
Spa treatments can also be arranged (on request).
The guest reception is at the colonial Reed Valley Inn, from where guests are transferred into the reserve and onto Bush Lodge.
A laundry service is available (additional cost).
American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Diners are accepted.
Your rate includes a Conservation/Community Levy which will primarily fund the anti-poaching units and a dedicated rhino monitoring programme to preserve and protect the rhinos of Amakhala Game Reserve. In addition, a percentage of the Levy will also go to support their award-winning Conservation Education Programme, which enables local school children to visit the Amakhala Conservation Centre to learn about wildlife conservation and sustainability for future generations.
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